Sue: It wasn’t a pretty life, it wasn’t a quality life at all; it was very painful. I mean I lost a whole part of my social life. Prior to having my knees replaced, I waterskied, I did a lot of golfing, I played tennis. I was on a traveling tennis team. And then things just got really out of hand as far as the pain goes and I had to stop playing those sports, especially the tennis and the golf. And that was who I was; it was my identity. And not being able to do that, I was lost for the longest time, because that is what I did.
My life changed so much because of the pain in my knees. I gained weight; I was not active. I just couldn’t do anything without the pain. And I was ready to do something. I had suffered enough.
Within four months I had two total knee replacements done, the ConforMIS way. To me, it was made to fit my knee, not somebody else’s knee, not a guy’s knee, not another woman’s knee. They didn’t pull it out of a box. It was made to fit me, and to me that made more sense.
I was able to go to Colorado back in end of May, first of June and I had a cousin out there who had a total knee replacement the traditional way. And, I was there to help her recuperate, and believe it or not, my surgery was so much easier. The recovery process was so much better. She was not able to do the things that I was able to do as far as the extension, the bend. I had made remarkable recovery. It was just unbelievable. The PT people had never seen anything like it before.
The results are wonderful. I can walk again with no pain. I can use the treadmill. It feels wonderful to run on the treadmill I haven’t been able to do it in the last 12 years. There is no pain in my knees; just I’m out of breath. I’m so much better, I feel so much healthier physically, mentally. ConforMIS definitely gave me my life back. It’s a success story and I’m all about success, and I’m all about living your life at its fullest.
2 months after we filmed this story, Sue was back on the tennis court…for the first time in 14 years.
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